My name is Yusef Griffin, I am a 25 year old Marine Corps Officer currently stationed in Camp Pendleton, California. I knew I wanted to get into real estate since I was in college, but I never really looked into it because I didn't know where to start and I thought you needed loads of cash. A little over a year ago, one of my Marines introduced me to a local real estate investment group, I began to attend the monthly meetings and learned A LOT about real estate. I read "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and it completely changed my mindset, that book has helped me learn that it is possible for anyone to earn passive income and travel the world (my calling in life). I've been to the Bigger Pockets website in the past, but I didn't really take the time to view the content on the website. I am currently in the process purchasing my first SFH investment property in North Little Rock, AR and it has resulted in me trying to learn even more because now it is actually happening. I have learned more about real estate in this past month than I have in the past year reading books. I stumbled on the second podcast with Grant Cardone during one of my research sessions, and I was blown away with how much I learned. I went through the Bigger Pockets website more in depth and started to listen to the podcasts from the beginning (currently on number 39). I am grateful for all of the content, discussions, and tools this website provides. I am glad to now be apart of the Bigger Pockets community and am excited to see what the future has in store.
Welcome, @Yusef Griffin ! So glad you've rediscovered Bigger Pockets early in your real estate investing journey...and the podcast is pure gold, yes? Still a huge source of inspiration and education to me.
A few tips that may be helpful to you here on the BP website:
You can set up keyword alerts so anytime someone posts about any of the other markets you're evaluating, you'll be notified. That could be a great way to find and stay engaged with local investors, realtors and opportunities. http://www.biggerpockets.com/alerts
You can also search for other investors or brokers in your market and follow their journey on Bigger Pockets here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/search/users
Best of luck to you and look forward to following your success on BP!
@Yusef Griffin welcome to BP! As you've quickly realized, there is a ton of great info on the website, podcasts, and forums.
I'm also active duty (Navy), and I'm investing in SoCal with a partner. Would love to connect if you're interested. I'll PM you my contact info.
Best of luck on your journey!
@Christina J Yes!!! The podcasts are everything I have been looking for all this time, every podcast inspires me even more! Thank you for the tips, I will definitely set that up.
@Tom Murray Yes! I would definitely love to connect!! Thank You!
@Luis Sosa Thank You! I will keep that in mind if I am ever looking in the Milwaukee area. Congrats on your first flip!! Those numbers are awesome!
Welcome to Bigger Pockets.
@Yusef Griffin Welcome to BP!!! All the best to you on your REI journey
@Yusef Griffin Welcome! Thank you for your service!
I agree that North Little Rock is a great area to start investing in. We live and work in Central Arkansas, so I am a bit biased.
I am a Realtor in Jonesboro, AR and there are a lot of investment opportunities here and in the surrounding areas. Several zero down, under 100k, "big money", single family, and multifamily. The options are plenty here!
@Jahbari McLennan sure thing man!
Hello! @Yusef Griffin
Welcome to BP, and congratulations on making the decision to invest in your future via real estate.
I have written a few blog posts that may help you get started here on BP, and with your investing. Please click on the links, give them a read, and share your thoughts in the comments.
First is a post that I feel will help not get overwhelmed with the amount of info that is here on BP:
The second is a post that will help get you focused with your real estate investing goals:
The last one is a post that will help you choose an “investor friendly” real estate agent. There are many agents out there, but it’s important to choose the right one.
I love answering questions if you have any! Good Luck :)
Welcome @Yusef Griffin ! You are going to love BiggerPockets! I too was inspired by Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad book. In addition to Rich Dad Poor Dad Check out @Scott Trench 's book, "Set for Life" or @Brandon Turner 's book, "The Book on Rental Property Investing", both available here in BP Marketplace
Welcome to the BP family! Good to have you here! Here are some recommendations for you:
Find and connect with other BP members that are in your area: https://www.biggerpockets.com/search/users
Set up keyword alerts to be notified of the topics that interest you: http://www.biggerpockets.com/alerts
Read Beginner’s Guide: http://www.biggerpockets.com/real-estate-investing
Check out BP Podcasts: https://www.biggerpockets.com/podcast
Wishing you the best!
@Brandon L. Thank You! I will take a look at those now.
I literally just finished "Set For Life" two days ago. That book reaffirmed my thought process and steps I have already taken to get me to where I want to be in life, that means I'm doing something right! I am going to buy the other book soon. Thanks for reaching out!
@Dmitriy Fomichenko Thank you for reaching out! I'm on podcast 78 right now, I've been addicted to them lol!!
Welcome to BP Yusef and good luck investing!
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